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Lies Come True (The Avery Hart Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00V6WA3M6
- Publication date : April 17, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1079 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 430 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #152,277 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Please be aware this is a Trilogy . You're left hanging to read the next book to find out what continues to happen and hopefully to an ending with the the third ( hopefully ).
Being one not to usually read ongoing books like this because I'd rather have one book ends with just that. One book. But I'm off to the second one. I've got to know what happens with these characters I've come to know!
I did, however have a few issues with some of the character's dialog. In these instances, the novel can use another round of editing. These are just a few examples. The dialog between characters is kind of "clunky". On page 231 author starts various characters talking among themselves, but the reader doesn't know who's talking until the next page. And by then the reader is so confused, she misses the point of the dialog. Or the author will imply a certain character is talking; but by the middle of the page, a different character is talking with no intro to this character and no indication a different character is talking. I found this very frustrating.
On page 234 the reader thinks the only people in the room are Avery, Fiona and Noah. Toward the end of the page, reader discovers Owen is there too. This is a simple example of the "clunky" dialog but in this case, the dialog is easy to follow despite this editing flaw. There are more examples where the number of characters interacting and the "clunkiness" of the dialog is extremely confusing.
On page 253 one of the characters is speaking. Is it Noah, Ken, or January? It's not clear. Reader has to analyse who's talking, and the reader shouldn't have to do that. This takes away from enjoyment in the novel. Also, with all this tangled dialog, reader doesn't get a clear picture of each character. Each's personality and verbal image is lost amid the jumbled dialogs. BTW it was Noah speaking---after careful analysis. The reader shouldn't have to do that. The novel is for entertainment, not deductive analysis. If I'd wanted that, I would pick up Jean Paul Sartre's "Being and Nothingness".
I don't mean to pick apart Ms. O'Brien's terrific novel. Just to point out the dialog needs another round of editing. If not for this imperfection, I would have rated it a "5".
I recommend this novel. It's a great psychological drama and police procedural. Just keep your "thinking cap" nearby.
Top reviews from other countries
A killer is mentioned near the beginning but the actual murder hadn't been, which I found a bit confusing in the first place and this nonsense of Avery's locks that she counts, always leaving out lock number two was beginning to irritate me as we're not told why two is always omitted. Speechmarks were missed more than once, brief case should be the one word and the wrong word is used altogether in this sentence-"....and the figure was one in the same." In this sentence I'd have dropped the word and, as it just reads wrong-"Even when Josh would kindly ask her to come fishing with him, Josh who rarely asked for anything from her, and she would always refuse."
We're told the killer smeared blood on a mask but apparently that is just a rumour in the police department. That's pretty ridiculous, as he either did or he didn't and how would they know anyway ?? This line is in dire need of a comma to make sense-"Call me Owen alright ?" I got to girl's night and parent's cottage, where the apostrophes were both in the wrong place and I gave in.
Avery is an odd character and I can't say that I've warmed to her. Josh is a bit off and her female friend (whose name escapes me right now) encourages Avery to do something (calling the press "anonymously" to tell them she thinks a killer chased her in the same mask, 10 years previously, and then being surprised when they find her name and start hassling her. Well, DUH).
The "attraction" between Avery and Noah is unprofessional and just comes across as a bit daft. The conversations, between various characters, are often stilted and the police procedures are clumsily described. For example - lots of people have spoken to the 3 main police characters but none of them have been interviewed on video.
It's all just a little slapdash and, as I've just read that another reviewer has said that book 1 doesn't resolve things, I'm bailing out now. Sorry.
I do like to mix it up a bit and read a bit of a mystery sometimes. This was a new author and a new series to me and I was not disappointed. I really found this to be a refreshing change and well written. The book grabbed me from the beginning and held me till the end.
I found myself really drawn to Avery's character. The fact that her case was indirectly tied into the new ones just brought a real good twist to the book. I really found myself feeling the emotions as she was going through them as she found out the truth of what really happened. Then the author does a good job of throwing in just that little twist to keep the book flowing and I found myself then really drawn to Charla's character. I must admit that I cannot wait to read more from this author and this series to see how things turn out.
The main character is called Avery who had a lucky escape ten years earlier when she was being chased by someone who was trying to kill her. She was only saved went she accidentally fell over the edge of cliff she didn't know was there. Her fears are brought back to life when she sees a new flash about a women who was murder and they show an artist's impression of a man in a mask, which Avery thinks is the same person as her attacker. She contacts the police as she feels this piece of information will help them catch the killer.
The story has plenty of twists and turns, keeping you guessing right to the end. It doesn't come to a full conclusion so you have to read the other books in the series but don't let this put you off.
This story follows the case of a murderer going around killing women in the forest. What makes this killer interesting is the mask he wears. 10 years previously Avery was attacked by someone wearing the same mask. Is it a coincidence or has the attacker escalated to murder.
This story is gripping and fast paced, I couldnt put it down as i wanted to know who it was.
With a mixture of people from Avery's past and present the murderer could be anyone.
Its full of twists and turns and you will be shocked and surprised by some of the twist it takes.